With this quote we see the defining defence of St. Francis by G.K. in his biography of this great saint.
The common and almost universal impression people seem to have when it comes to St. Francis is that he was a good man who just loved everything in a very general way. He loved animals, he loved people, he loved the poor. And in those generalizations in our minds it seems as if this bland love had no roots or connections to theology or dogma; like so much common new age theories and philosophies that blur religious ideals without regard for concrete objective truth.
St. Francis however, like every other great saint, had a very deeply rooted love and devotion to the Truth. The Truth of Christ and his Church, one that was fully revealed and known to man in a very concrete way. The Truth which dispelled darkness and sought to bring light to all.
I like to think of not only St. Francis in light of this passage, but also in his fan Pope Francis who also is not a fan of blurred lines and muddy theology but a clear one which speaks to all.
Joining Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things for Weekends with Chesterton.
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